This study shows the evolution of the naxalite movement in India from a pre-organisational stage in the first decade of its existence to the current stage of the CPI (Maoist) as an organised movement. This book contains in part one, an in-depth analysis of the peasant uprising in Naxalbari and Srikakulam and assessing it in a theoretical framework of Maoist revolutionary strategy. Part two carries essays that review the course of the movement at various points of time.
This account brings out the strategic differences among the various streams of the naxalite movement and shows how the CPI (Maoist) emerged as the most powerful challenge to the Indian state and its neo-liberal development strategy during the past decade. The author points out that the Maoists have expanded their support base by raising the issues of displacement of adivasis and farmers and violation of civil liberties of the common people in the movement areas and unless these issues are addressed the Indian state's counter strategy is not likely to succeed.
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